Deripaska's lawyer speaks about basis of US charges against entrepreneur
The Department of Treasury revealed only a percentage of the evidence base.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury disclosed one percent of the sanctions dossier evidence base on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The document gets 186 pages, entrepreneur's lawyer Erich Ferrari told RBC.
OFAC sent a two-page list of documents to the court that served as the basis for including Deripaska in the sanctions list. It says that the Americans studied the official website of the entrepreneur, Google Maps data about Deripaska’s apartment in London, the OCCRP’s international journalistic project about Deripaska’s Cypriot citizenship, court materials on cases involving the Russian billionaire, and articles in media.
On April 6, 2018, OFAC introduced Deripaska to the sanctions list for acting in the interests of “high-ranking officials of the Russian Federation” and carrying out activities in the “energy sector.” At the same time, the administration suspected the entrepreneur of money laundering and ties with organized crime.
On March 15, 2019, Deripaska filed a lawsuit against OFAC. The sanctions caused the entrepreneur’s loss of $7.5 billion, and Deripaska called the accusations against him unfair.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.